If you’re a new, more recent reader then I have to tell you I do not like Valentine’s day – as I discussed last year here. Over here it has morphed into something not only lovers celebrate, but also something children are expected to take part in at school. Last night we decorated shoe boxes that will hold all the candies they exchange in class today. Uuurgh I just think it is such a marketing con. MM and I have never exchanged cards in the twenty something years we’ve been together. He tells me it’s Valentine’s Day every day in our house and I tend to agree. If you need to set aside a day of the year to appreciate your loved one then there is something wrong.
Okay rant over. I have tried to embrace it in my outfit for today – choosing the J.Crew heartbreaker jumper – and even my jewelry consists of Tiffany’s and pearls so I really am trying to get into the spirit of it!
We had a lovely evening – great food, great wine and great conversation – we even stayed up late listening to music when we got home so I am feeling a tad tired today.
I just wanted to share my outfit from last night – a jumpsuit!! Yes I found one that I actually like wearing and is comfortable and fairly flattering – though I think next time I wear it I will switch out the tie belt for a wide black belt to give me a bit more shape. Believe it or not it was just $35 from Target! It is by Kirna Zabete for Target who I have to say I have never heard of but their prints are gorgeous! The print on this jumpsuit at first glance looks like leopard print but it is in fact little kisses/lips – I love it – it is so unusual. I wore it with a Zara fuchsia jersey jacket for a pop of color. My booties are Nine West pony hair from Zappos – they are fierce – high – but fierce! If you’re interested in these boots – size down – I needed a 7.5 and I am never a 7.5 – normally an 8 in heels – but the 8s were falling off my feet. My accessorizing is going well – I remembered a necklace from Macy’s (similar blue one here) that goes great with the grey and I even remembered to wear my Elsa Peretti Tiffany bone cuff – my first ever Tiffany item bought for me Christmas of 2001 by my lovely Husband.
What a brilliant weekend! SO much happened but I’m quite relieved it’s over now as my liver couldn’t take much more partying…my stamina isn’t what it used to be. Simon and Karin (I now have permission to use names!) arrived on Thursday and of course we had fun catching up over wine and good steaks. It was 1.30am when we eventually made it to bed which I knew was going to be bad news for Friday…and of course Friday was my daughter’s 6th birthday so I needed to have my game face on! I dragged myself and her out of bed in time for the school bus thankfully, after opening gifts – the Barbie camper was very well received. The day then began to unravel itself as one of rushing about madly – from dropping cupcakes off at school for the birthday girl, to shopping and lunch with our guests – to finally helping out at the end of year party held by our lovely school bus driver. I had to engage brain and get my mouth to work properly chatting to all the other lovely moms who were there…I was beginning to run out of steam. Fortunately the evening was finished off with a huge chocolate cake for the birthday girl and a Chinese takeaway – boy those dumplings were enjoyed!
This might be the time to confess that my diet was not maintained at all over the weekend…major fail…but I’m back on the wagon today. I did get a workout in on Saturday morning and then I took Karin shoe shopping while Simon and MM watched the Champion’s League final. After a very successful haul of 4 pairs of shoes for Karin and a new pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses for me, we cracked open some cava and began getting ready for a night out.
We went to our favorite restaurant, Abattoir. We’ve been often enough now that we are treated as regulars – the staff are so friendly, welcoming and patient thankfully, as we were quite a loud and raucous table. Festivities took an exciting turn when Simon decided to propose to Karin! I say decided – I do hope I didn’t force the situation – I have a habit of being a bit like a dog with a bone when I’ve had a drink – so I’m not sure if I cajoled, persuaded or forced a proposal but Karin said yes and everyone seemed very happy. So I’m looking forward to a trip to Sweden next year for a summer wedding! Simon texted me yesterday from Chicago with a photo of Karin wearing a beautiful diamond engagement band from Tiffany’s. Good job Simon:) Karin and I stayed up till 3.30am on Sunday morning chatting with mojitos…so yesterday was a little fuzzy to say the least. Thankfully spent horizontal, parenting by the pool.
So back to normality today with only 2 days left of the school year – hurray!